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4. The parties to any overlapping applications shall keep the Secretary‐General and the Council fully informed of efforts to resolve the overlapping applications and of the results thereof. As soon as any overlapping applications between applicants are resolved in accordance with the procedures set out in this Annex, the Legal and Technical Commission and the Council shall proceed to consider the applications concerned in the order in which they were received in accordance with regulations 23 and 24.  

5. If the overlapping applications have not been resolved within 90 days of the Secretary‐General’s notification under paragraph 2 of this Annex to the applicants concerned, the Secretary‐General shall provide a report to the Council and Legal and Technical Commission on the overlapping applications and his or her efforts to resolve those applications. The Commission shall, within 90 days following such report, submit an appropriate recommendation to the Council for its consideration on the overlapping applications, taking into account all the relevant factors including: 

(a) the location and number of polymetallic sulphides sites that have been discovered in the areas subject to the overlapping applications and the date of each discovery; 

(b) the workload, continuity and extent of survey activities with respect to polymetallic sulphides that have been conducted in the areas subject to the overlapping applications; 

(c) the financial cost of such survey activities conducted in the areas subject to the overlapping applications, which is measured in constant United States dollars; and (d) the date of receipt by the Secretary‐General of each application.  

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ISBA/16/C/13 Decision of the Council of the International Seabed Authority 

requesting an advisory opinion pursuant to Article 191 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

 

  

Date: 6 May 2010 

161st meeting    [ISBA/16/C/L.4]  

  The Council of the International Seabed Authority

 

Considering the fact that developmental activities in the Area have already commenced, 

 

Bearing   in mind  the exchange of views on legal questions arising within the scope of activities of the Council,   

Decides , in accordance with Article 191 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“the Convention”), to request the Seabed Disputes Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, pursuant to Article 131 of the Rules of the Tribunal, to render an advisory opinion on the following questions:  

1. What are the legal responsibilities and obligations of States Parties to the Convention with respect to the sponsorship of activities in the Area in accordance with the Convention, in particular Part XI, and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982? 

 

2. What is the extent of liability of a State Party for any failure to comply with the provisions of the Convention, in particular Part XI, and the 1994 Agreement, by an entity whom it has sponsored under Article 153, paragraph 2 (b), of the Convention?

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